• Panel led by Khadka sweeps all 17 seats at NBA


Newly elected NBA President Prem Bhadur Khadka (L) is being congratulated by republican candidate Ramnath Mainali (R) after the official announcement of the NBA polls in Kathmandu on Thursday.

After a decade, the Democratic panel has emerged victorious in the election held last Saturday to elect new central committee of Nepal Bar Association (NBA)  sweeping all 17 seats of the umbrella body of Nepali lawyers.

Democratic candidate Prem Bahadur Khadka has been chosen for the new leadership, outstripping his closest rival Hari Krishna Karki with over 400 votes. The election committee on Thursday announced the final results of the NBA polls.

Khadka garnered 2566 votes and Karki followed him with 2145 votes, while the republican candidate Ram Nath Mainali had to settle with 952 votes.

Khadka is close to the Nepali Congress, Karki is aligned to the CPN-UML and Mainali is close to the UCPN (Maoist).

Likewise, democratic candidate for NBA General Secretary Bijaya Prasad Mishra emerged victorious with 2685 votes beating his closest rival Hari Phuyal of progressive, who obtained 2156 votes.

Lawyers across the country on Saturday had cast their votes to elect the new NBA leadership. Legal practitioners had cast ballots at different 34 polling stations across the country to select 17 candidates for the new central working committee of NBA.

Of the 6,899 registered legal practitioners, 5,922 advocates had cast votes in the election.

Altogether 54 lawyers were vying for 17 different positions including the president.